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Triumph Over Evil

In too many Christians today there is a sense of despair and a spirit of surrender because of the state of the world. It seems all they see is the giant tidal wave before them and are fixated only on the view in front of them.

This is not to say that there is not a perverted world that we are forced to navigate each and every day. This is not to say that the majority of everyone we know or meet is void of God and His morality or just plain numb or indifferent to the state of things.

This is to say that we as children of the Most High God through Christ have been given a different view of things than the people of the world. The fact is, if we are focused on the wave of the world coming at us, we are missing the view God expects His children to truly see.

 

First, the world, in all its passing slender and all those who live only in the moment have always been evil and adulteress toward God.

King David spoke of the evil of his day and those who served the flesh and stated without equivocation the disease that they suffer from, note:

Psalms 10:2 “The wicked in His pride persecutes the poor; let him be caught in the plots which they have devised”.

Psalms 10:11 “He has said in his heart, God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see”.

 

The Apostle Paul saw evil in His day (slavery, sexual perversion, idolatry, emperor worship, etc…). Paul not only knew that Christians were going to have to live in this world, but they were not to focus on it, note:

Philippians 2:12-15 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. 14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”

 

From the moment man was banished from the Garden of God, the imagination of his heart has been capable of the vilest evil (Genesis 6:5; 8:21). God has never given us the world as the view He wanted those who walk before Him to see.

 

Second, the view we are to have as children of God in the midst of a perverted generation is one of triumph over the world. As the world is passing away and all those who cling to it (1 John 2:15-17), we are to look past this evil world to our true home, note:

Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

 

In fact, the greatest affect we can have on a perverse generation is living joyfully in Christ our Lord!

1 Peter 2:11-12 “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.”

 

When we add this to the instruction to be obedient to the laws of the land (Romans 13:1-3); the view of a Christian is one of hope in the coming glory with our Lord, and responsibility to live as an example, detest evil (which includes lawful means for the advancement of God's morality), and answer for the hope that is in us. In this way we can glorify God in the midst of the flood of dispersion and maybe bring others along with us, to escape the world.

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”

 

Don't let the world dictate your understanding of God's ability to conquer evil in the end and give us victory who enlist as His servants.

1 John 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

 

“Be Victorious!”